Tag Archives: Bukidnon

Pedregosa to assume as new Malaybalay bishop

 July 9, 2021, 5:14 pm

MANILA – Bishop-elect Noel Pedregosa will officially assume as the new bishop of Malaybalay, Bukidnon on September 14.The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) news website reported that the 56-year-old monsignor will be ordained and installed as bishop in a Mass at 9… Read More


Fr. Rene Regalado, a priest at the archdiocese of Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, who was gunned him down on Sunday evening (January 25, 2021

Group condemns killing

 January 25, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – A group of peace advocates composed of church leaders condemned Monday the killing of a Roman Catholic priest in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, on Sunday evening.

Unknown assailants gunned down Fr. Rene Regalado, a priest at the archdiocese of Malaybalay.Police said Regalado… Read More

DA, MinDA break ground for P14-M food terminal in Bukidnon

FOOD TERMINAL. With Northern Mindanao’s tallest peak, Mount Kitanglad, in the background, officials of the Department of Agriculture and Mindanao Development Authority lead the groundbreaking for the PHP14 million food terminal in the Bukidnon town of Talakag on Thursday (Dec 10, 2020). The facility in Brgy. Miarayon is designed to store harvested crops by farmers to avoid profit loss during seasonal changes. (PNA photo by Nef Luczon)

 December 11, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY–The Department of Agriculture (DA) and Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) broke ground for PHP14 million food terminal in the Bukidnon town of Talakag on Thursday.

DA-Region 10 (DA-10) Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga said the facility will include cold… Read More

Bukidnon farmer supplies ‘ube’ planting materials in DavNor town

UBE MARKET. Mindanao Development Authority Secretary Emmanuel Piñol (left) shows the purple yam or ube produced in the farm of Teofila Llausas in Lantapan town, Bukidnon, on Wednesday (Oct. 14, 2020). Llausas has been tapped to supply ube tubers for a tribal community in Kapalong, Davao del Norte, under MinDA’s “Adopt-a-Tribal Family” program. (Photo courtesy of Mayette Tudlas of MinDA)

An “Adopt-a-Tribal Family” program of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA)

 A farmer in the Bukidnon town of Lantapan who has been engaged in ube or purple yam cultivation for 12 years, will supply planting materials to an isolated tribal community in Kapalong, Davao del Norte, under the “Adopt-a-Tribal Family” program of the Mindanao… Read More

ESCAPING COVID-19: Valencia City Mayor Huervas , SHFC prexy Cabling go virtual in socialized housing MOU signing


The Covid-19 pandemic cannot stop us from helping secure shelter for the underprivileged and homeless citizens of our country, said Mayor Azucena Huervas of Valencia City Bukidnon, in her dramatic speech at the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between her city and the state-owned Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) on Monday, July 20, 2020.

The MOU opens the door for low-income, homeless residents of Valencia City to secure housing loans from the SHFC. 

With potential infection from the deadly coronavirus making physical social gatherings a big no-no, Mayor Huervas and SHFC president Arnolfo Cabling went virtual in the signing ceremony.


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Cabling joined the online ZOOM event while in Davao City. Gathered in Valencia City, under strict minimum Anti-Covid-19 health protocols were Vice Mayor Policarpo Murillo, members of the Valencia City Council, the Local Housing Board and key officials of the local government. SHFC was represented by a small contingent led by Executive Vice President  Atty. Junefe Payot and Senior Vice President Atty. Ronaldo Saco.


SHFC, a key shelter agency under the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), implements the government’s socialized housing program through its flagship Community Mortgage Program (CMP). The program provides long-term, low-interest housing loans to organized Homeowners Associations (HOA) of homeless formal and informal settlers, especially those located in danger areas or displaced by government projects and court orders.
In her speech, Mayor Huervas welcomed the partnership with SHFC admitting that Valencia City has its share of constituents in risk areas who are vulnerable to calamities like typhoons and flash floods.

Cabling is a strong believer in the role of Local Government Units (LGUs) as a partner of the SHFC in providing socialized housing to underprivileged homeless Filipinos, and has steered his agency in inking MOUs with several LGUs with aim to solve the country’s housing woes.


Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) is set to implement its flagship initiative, the Community Mortgage Program (CMP), in  Valencia, Bukidnon, through a deal that will provide affordable housing to more than 600 families from three barangays in the  city. The development came after SHFC President Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling and Mayor Azucena Huervas signed a  memorandum of understanding (MOU) in a virtual ceremony held on July 20.  
Under the agreement, SHFC will finance the lot acquisition, site development, and construction of houses for 348 families from La  Presa, Long Vine, and Lady Bamboo homeowner’s associations (HOA) in Barangay Taas. The agency will also fund the housing of  230 and 60 families from Valencia City Urban Poor HOA in Barangay San Carlos and New Homeland HOA in Barangay Mailag,  respectively.   
The MOU, signed in the presence of Vice Mayor Policarpo Murillo IV and SHFC Senior Vice President for Operations Atty. Ronaldo  Saco, followed similar deals between SHFC and the local governments of Taysan in Batangas, Daet in Camarines Norte, and  Jones in Isabela. SHFC is poised to ink more deals through video conferencing technology to adapt to the new normal brought  by the COVID-19 pandemic.   
In his speech, Atty. Cabling said SHFC remains fully committed to fulfilling its mandate despite the virus crisis through  collaborative projects with local government units, which are mandated to undertake shelter programs under the Urban  Development and Housing Act of 1992. He noted that SHFC has made its interest rates even more affordable through its  socialized approach, with borrowers paying between 2 percent and 6 percent depending on their income.  
Atty. Cabling explained that housing projects under the CMP center around the sense of neighborhood and ownership. These  two fundamental elements create a stable foundation for all of its shelter initiatives in the country. “These initiatives will help  pump prime the economy by creating jobs for the people, especially those in the countryside, which is very crucial during this  time of pandemic,” he said. Atty. Cabling added that SHFC is looking to roll out more projects in the provinces to decongest  Metro Manila and other highly urbanized cities.   
Mayor Huervas echoed the sentiment and thanked SHFC for partnering with the city to address its housing needs. “Part of our  vision for Valencia is to empower its people,” she said. “For me, people empowerment includes giving our residents the  opportunity to have a place they call home, one that will provide them security, privacy, respect, and dignity.”  
SHFC has so far forged similar agreements with 90 local government units, including 15 new partners added this year. In the  light of the pandemic, the agency continues with the provision of adequate housing, which has become even more crucial now  given that viruses spread fast in congested informal settlements. To date, it has provided security of tenure to more than